Thursday Thoughts: That’s one big butterfly

The Butterfly Effect.

If we didn’t realize before how connected the world has become, it’s pretty evident now. First was the pandemic. Then . . . well, still the pandemic. And finally, you guessed it—that damn pandemic, which is still not over. Second was the invasion of Ukraine.

Both of these events had/have ramifications across the globe. I live where I have very little to complain about. Most days, it is an inconvenience, while in the longer term, it hurts my limited budget.

I can deal with some empty shelves at the grocery store. If what I wanted isn’t there, I buy something else—or not.  On the other hand, I don’t like the feeling of having to walk by produce and shake my head at the price. I like produce, but not at that price, so I have to be opportunistic when I shop, to the point I don’t make a list anymore. If the price is right, I’ll buy it. If not, I’ll do without.

I have always filled the tank in my vehicle when I am down ¼. When gas prices were fluctuating, it was a good way to average out the cost. Yesterday, I stopped watching the volume display as the dollar amount seemed to be increasing exponentially. Can that be right? The tank was not that empty, was it? Do I have a leak? I looked on the ground for a puddle of gas. I returned my gaze to the display. When did it start going in increments of $0.05? Stop! Please, stop, I shouted. I alpore you! 40, 42, 46, 49 . . .  I stopped at $50. That’s enough. No more, I’m done. I’m glad I don’t have to drive very much.

Like I said, I’m not complaining. Well, kinda. It’s a good topic for today’s post, right?

-Leon


To celebrate National Poetry Month, my latest collection will be free (Kindle) until April 3.

A collision of ideas and a wonder of words.
Remember when you first learned that a grouping of owls was a parliament?

In his second poetry collection, Leon Stevens explores familiar themes such as human nature, the environment, and personal observations, many with a touch of humor. Also included are the poems from the 30 Poems in 30 Days Challenge and a short story inspired by one of them.

Here is the title poem in its worldwide premier:

I hope you enjoy my newest collection.


Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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